Valiant freedom fighter, Ekushey Padak recipient cultural personality and eminent actor Aly Zaker is no more.
Aly Zaker breathed his last around 6.40am on Friday while he was undergoing treatment at the United Hospital in the city. He was 76.
He is survived by wife, one son, a daughter and a host of relatives and admirers.
Aly Zaker had been suffering from cancer and various old-age complications.
He was also found COVID-19 positive after his sample test on November 16.
President M Abdul Hamid expressedprofound shock and sorrow at the death of eminent cultural personality Aly Zaker. The head of the state prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul andconveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinaalso conveyed her condolences to the bereaved family and conveyed her deepest condolences to the bereaved family. Besides, the shadow of mourning has also descended on the cultural arena. In a condolence message, she said, "Aly Zaker's contribution to the great liberation war, the country's arts and culture will be remembered."
Aly Zaker's body was taken to the Liberation War Museum premises at 11:30 am. The last homage was paid there as he was a freedom fighter and one of the trustees of the museum.
When his body was taken on museum premises, cultural personalities, friends and admirers paid their tributes to Aly Zaker, who was a trustee of Liberation War Museum, maintaining health guidelines.
Cultural personalities Ramendu Majumder, Nasiruddin Yusuf, Ferdousi Majumder and Mamunur Rashid, Liberation War Museum Trustees Dr Sarwar Ali and Mofidul Hoque placed wreaths at his coffin.
On behalf of Awami League, party’s Cultural Affairs Secretary Asim Kumar Ukil and Office Secretary Barrister Biplab Barua paid homage by placing wreath on his coffin.
Former Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor stayed beside the coffin all the time.
A guard of honour was given to freedom fighter Aly Zaker on the occasion recalling his contributions to the Liberation War. His body was kept on the premises of the museum till 12.30 pm and later, the body was taken on the premises of his office- Asiatic in Banani in the city.
Aly Zaker was laid to eternal rest at Banani graveyard after Asr prayers.
The eminent actor started his career by acting in the 1972 play 'Kabar' by Aranyak Natyadal. Since 1973, he has been working with the Nagorik Natya Sampradaya. The star was admired on stage as well as in TV dramas. He formed the country's largest advertising agency ‘Asiatic 3Sixty’ with his wife Sara Zaker.
Aly was born on 6 November 1944 in Ratanpur Union, Chattogram. He leaves behind wife Sara Zaker, a media personality, entrepreneur and social activist, and their children Iresh Zaker and Sriya Sharbojoya.